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WEEK IN REVIEW

U.S. Rep Tammy Baldwin addresses DNC; Only 49 of 256 new teachers are racial minorities; 482 panic buttons installed in state offices

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Thursday, 9.6

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), a candidate for U.S. Senate against former Gov. Tommy Thompson, addresses the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington dismisses a lawsuit Physicians Plus filed against UW-Madison's doctor group, which has threatened to stop treating Physicians Plus' 107,000 members. Remington chastises both groups, saying they should "appreciate the impact they have on the lives of so many."

Friday, 9.7

A house fire in Argyle kills three boys - 3, 5 and 7 - and injures their mother, Sharon Wand, 27, who loses her unborn child. Her 2-year-old daughter survives. The children's father, Armin Wand III, 32, and uncle, Jeremy Wand, 18, are later charged with setting the fire and first-degree intentional homicide.

Gov. Scott Walker returns from a secret trip to Kosovo, where he visited Wisconsin National Guard troops. "I think some people were surprised we still have forces in Kosovo," Walker tells the Associated Press.

Saturday, 9.8

Dominique Roland Hale, 25, allegedly kills his ex-girlfriend's friend, Willie Taylor, and injures the woman outside her Fitchburg home early in the morning.

Monday, 9.10

Capitol Police cite seven people at their homes following Capitol protests earlier in the day. Last week, police cited 11 people at the Capitol during the protests, as part of a crackdown on the few remaining protesters by new Capitol Police Chief David Erwin. The next day a man is served a ticket at his workplace.

Tuesday, 9.11

The State Journal reports that of the 256 teachers hired by the Madison school district, only 49 - less than 20% - are racial minorities. The new teachers include 10 African Americans, 28 Latinos, nine Asians and two Native Americans. The teaching staff continues to be out of sync racially with the student population.

The Associated Press reports that Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson have agreed to three debates - on Sept. 28 and Oct. 18 and 26 - in their race for the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, 9.12

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (D-Janesville) begins airing TV ads for his House reelection campaign. He must be feeling pretty confident about the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

The State Journal reports that the state Department of Administration has installed 482 panic buttons - at a cost of more than $103,000 - in state offices for workers who feel threatened by protesters. State Rep. Chris Taylor calls the security measures heavy-handed. "I have never felt threatened, especially by simply having people sing songs." But has she heard them sing "Hotel California"?

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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